TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Production Pathways: From Melangers to ... ?

TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Production Pathways: From Melangers to ... ?

Episode 127 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE is LIVE from 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Friday, August 4th.

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Episode Overview

In a recent episode of TheChocolateLifeLIVE I discussed the topics of influence and orthodoxy.

TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Influences and Orthodoxy
Episode 124 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE is LIVE from 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Tue, July 18th.

Two of the influences I mentioned were John Nanci and his website Chocolate Alchemy.

Chocolate Alchemy
Learn, Grow, find your inner maker. The source for your chocolate making Journey.

My nomination for the single most influential person in craft chocolate is John. Pretty much everyone in craft chocolate that started out after 2004 has used the production pathway John innovated.

In this episode we will review that production pathway and examine several others, taking a look at, and discussing, the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.

Concepts That Will be Discussed

Why Melange(u)rs?

➡️ They can be extremely inexpensive.
➡️ It is easy to understand how they work.
➡️ It’s relatively easy to move recipes into progressively larger machines.

Barriers to Changing Production Pathways

➡️ Cost
➡️ Recipes are not generally directly transferrable.

Obstacles to Scaling

➡️ Cost of ingredients vs cost of labor.
➡️ Materials handling.
➡️ Self-imposed blinders re: authenticity and quality.
➡️ Lack of understanding of actual cost of production.

What’s Missing?

➡️ There is very little innovation when it comes to new pathways.
➡️ There is no interest in innovating small-scale materials handling.


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Additional Resources

TheChocolateLife::LIVE – Downscaling Chocolate Production Case Study
Episode 70 streams Tue, Nov 29th from 12:00~13:00 EST.
TheChocolateLife :: LIVE – Melangers Deep Dive
Episode 27 streaming LIVE worldwide on Friday, March 25th from 12:00 EDT.
TheChocolateLifeLIVE – with Bhavani V / Diamond Custom Machines
Episode 74 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE streams Friday, December 16th, from 12:00~13:00 EST.

Resources Introduced During the Episode

If you want a copy of the production/costing estimation workbook I mentioned during this live stream please email Member Support. You do not have to be a ChocolateLife member to request the workbook, but we hope you will become a member of the community!


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